Anasimyia contracta

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Anasimyia contracta
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Anasimyia contracta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Anasimyia
Species: A. contracta
Binomial name
Anasimyia contracta
Claussen & Torp, 1980 [1]

Anasimyia contracta is a European species of hoverfly.[2][3][4]


External images The wing length 5 to 7.5 mm. Tergite 2 is narrower than it is long and it has greyish 'hockey stick' shaped markings. A. transfuga has similar markings but with tergite 2 parallel sided and wider than long.



A wetland species found near ponds with Typha, especially in fens.Flowers visited include white umbellifers, Menyanthes, Ranunculus, Myosotis, Potentilla palustris, Sorbus aucuparia and Potentilla palustris [5][6] The larva has been found among debris of dead Typha stalks beneath the water surface.


West Palearctic Ireland eastwards through central Europe to European Russia.[7][8]


  1. ^ Claussen, C. & Torp, E. (1980) Untersuchungen uber vier europaische Arten der Gattung Anasimyia Schiner, 1864 (Insecta, Diptera, Syrphidae). Mitt.Zool.Mus.Univ.Kiel, 1(4): 1-16.
  2. ^ Stubbs, Alan E.; Falk, Steven J. (1983). British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide (2nd ed.). London: British Entomological and Natural History Society. pp. 253, xvpp. ISBN 1-899935-03-7. 
  3. ^ Ball, S.G.; Morris, R.K.A. (2000). Provisional atlas of British hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae). Monks Wood, UK: Biological Record Centre. pp. 167 pages. ISBN 1-870393-54-6. 
  4. ^ Van Veen, M.P. (2004). Hoverflies of Northwest Europe, Identification Keys to the Syrphidae (hardback). Utrecht: KNNV Publishing. p. 254. ISBN 90-5011-199-8. 
  5. ^ de Buck, N. (1990) Bloembezoek en bestuivingsecologie van Zweefvliegen (Diptera, Syrphidae) in het bijzonder voor België. Doc.Trav. IRSNB, no.60, 1-167.
  6. ^ Speight, M.C.D. (2011). "Species accounts of European Syrphidae (Diptera)" (PDF). Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae. 65: 285pp. 
  7. ^ Fauna Europaea
  8. ^ Bei-Bienko, G.Y. & Steyskal, G.C. (1988a) Keys to the Insects of the European Part of the USSR, Volume V: Diptera and Siphonaptera, Part I. Amerind Publishing Co., New Delhi. ISBN 81-205-0080-6.